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Motorola Moto Z Force

85
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

Think of the Moto Z Force as the Moto Z's big brother: It offers the same premium performance as the regular Z, but adds a larger battery, a camera that performs better in most situations, and a screen that resists damage. All of this makes the Z Force a tantalizing option, especially if you don't care about having an extremely skinny phone. Still, some of the Moto Z's most notable drawbacks apply here too: It's still a Verizon-only device and it doesn't have a headphone jack.

Pros
  • Top-tier performance
  • Shattershield keeps the screen in one piece
  • Excellent battery life
  • Very good 21-megapixel camera
  • Moto Mods are elegant and have potential
Cons
  • Chunkier than the Moto Z
  • Another Verizon exclusive
  • Still no headphone jack
  • Camera seems to have software hiccups
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

90
 

Display

86
 

Battery life

82
 

Camera

80
 

Ease of use

85
 

Design and form factor

78
 

Portability (size / weight)

78
 

Media support

68
 

Durability

90
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

67
 
 
80
TechRadar
The Moto Z Force is a competent smartphone on its own, made even better with a shatterproof screen and MotoMods. In addition, Moto gets props for a stellar camera and sticking to near-stock Android.
 
80
CNET
The Moto Z Force Droid sounds better on paper, but the thinner, cheaper Moto Z is the one we actually want to use.
 
60
DroidLife
Bottom line, I would pass on the Moto Z Force DROID, unless you really want those Moto Mods. The cool factor of those could maybe outweigh a few of the negatives with this device.
 
90
The Next Web
If you were to never use a Mod on the Moto Z, it would still be one of the best smartphones of 2016. The mods are just very sweet icing on the cake.
 
80
PocketNow
It’s a premium offering, backed up by some bleeding edge tech, which means it’ll cost you some cash to play along, and buying in early is always more expensive. Still, this is certainly one of the more fun gadgets we’ve gotten to play with in quite some time. Novelty is cool like that.
 
90
Mashable
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are easily Motorola's best smartphones in years, even if you don't care for the modular system.
 
70
Android Police
If one of the Mods is for some reason exactly what you've been waiting for ... go for it. ... if you just think the snap-on accessory thing is cool and want to take a risk, this is the phone to get. For everyone else, you should at least wait to see if Motorola can release some more compelling Mods.
 
80
Android Central
How badly do you want these Moto Mods? If you're not already madly in love with the Moto Z and have your mind set on it, are the Mods enough to sway you — and to get you to open your wallet? If so, congrats. You'll be buying yourself a very good Android smartphone.
 
90
PC Mag
The Motorola Moto Z Force Droid combines several hot trends into a worry-free, expandable smartphone for Verizon Wireless users.
 
90
phoneArena
The super-thin design is stunning while still feeling robust (even if it's tricky to get used to handling a phone so svelte), performance doesn't let us down, and both models offer some decent camera output.